Middle East

Choice for Israeli president down to two

Israeli President Shimon Peres attends a meeting with the Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini in Rome, Monday, June 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Two veteran Israeli lawmakers have advanced to the second round of voting in presidential elections.

Former parliamentary speaker Reuven Rivlin received 44 votes in the first round. He faces off against longtime legislator Meir Sheetrit, who received 31 votes.

The remaining ballots were spread between three other candidates.

Since no one received an outright 61-vote majority, a second round is to decide Israel's presidency on Tuesday.

Final results are expected later in the day.





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